Bible Reading and Commentary July 11-16, 2016

Bible Reading and Commentary
July 11-16, 2016

II CORINTHIANS — “In the first epistle to the Corinthians, St. Paul rebuked them severely for many things, pouring sharp wine into their wounds and frightening them. In this epistle he praises them once more and pours oil on their wounds. He shows himself wonderfully kind to them and bids them to receive the sinner back with love. After that, he praised the office of the Gospel. He shows how it is nobler than the office of the Law, also how it is persecuted and yet increases among believers and produces, through the cross, a hope of eternal glory.” (Martin Luther)

Monday, July 11, II Corinthians 1
v. 2 — Grace is God’s undeserved loving-kindness toward us sinners. It’s ours through faith in Jesus.
v. 4 — Why is God’s comfort so superior to earthly comfort? That’s because with it we can truly comfort others. Our guarantee of that is the Holy Spirit, who brings us that comfort. (v. 22). It does work and it lifts our spirits through Jesus, who saved us from sin and opened to us life forever in heaven.
v. 11 — One of the most important things we need to do each day is to include in our prayers our pastors and teachers. Pray that the Lord give them courage to preach and teach boldly in Jesus’ name and that they remain faithful to the inerrant word of God. This is vital in this day of watered-down doctrine, which is proclaimed in many churches.

Tuesday, July 12, II Corinthians 2
Vv. 6-8 — The problem Paul is referring to was probably the case of incest in I Corinthians 5:1-5. The sexually immoral man had been severely disciplined. Because he was sincerely sorry for his sin, Paul urges the Corinthians to love him again and treat him as a Christian brother. As Paul points out to us in vv. 15 and 16, we are to be an aroma or fragrance of life to the repentant. However, to the unrepentant, we are the smell of death because they’ve rejected Jesus as their Savior.

Wednesday, July 13, II Corinthians 3
Vv. 6-11 — In verse 6, the Spirit gives life. He gives eternal life through the Gospel. The “letter” Paul refers to is the Law. It gives no eternal life. It condemns (v. 9). Moses, who received it on Mt. Sinai directly from God, reflected God’s glory, which, however, gradually faded away. If the Law in connection with Moses was glorious, the Gospel’s glory far surpassed that (v. 11). The more we come into contact with the Gospel, the Lord’s glory shines more and more from us as the Holy Spirit moves us to live in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Gal. 5:22, 23)

Thursday, July 14, II Corinthians 4
v. 7 — God uses clay jars, human beings to transmit the Gospel to others. As the Gospel brings stony hearts to faith, it gives Christians this joy of joys, eternal life in heaven. Glory and praise for that go not to us, but to the Lord, the founder and creator of our eternal salvation.
Vv. 16-18 — Two unchangeable facts of life are these: We are wasting away as human beings, and what is here is only temporary. What offsets those depressing truths is that through the Gospel, as we listen to Christ’s glorious work of redemption, we daily are being spiritually renewed inwardly by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit, through the Gospel, also will move us to fix our eyes on what is unseen which is eternal, our life forever in heaven.

Friday, July 15, II Corinthians 5
v. 19 –God has committed to us the message of reconciliation. This message is that Jesus has made peace between God and us through His magnificent work of redemption (v. 21). That message does a number of wonderful things for us. We long to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling (v. 2). It compels us to live not for ourselves, but for Christ (vv. 14, 15). It makes us a new creation (v. 17). It makes us ambassadors for Christ (v. 20).

Saturday, July 16, II Corinthians 6
v. 10 — A Christian’s blessings far surpass that of the richest man in this world. Read the proof of that in v. 10.
v. 14 — “Yoked” means to be closely associated with someone. It’s like an inseparable bond. That kind of an association we should have in marriage. It’s the kind of association that should exist with fellow Christians, but not with unbelievers. The unbelief and worldly life style of unbelievers can cause us to lose our faith. “Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord.” (v. 17)

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